Henry is Ten

As Kristine and I walked around Lake Padden this morning, we reminisced about another 3-mile walk she took exactly 10 years ago. At 40 weeks pregnant, and after 2 months of bed rest, Kristine decided to walk to Blue Moon Burger, where she ordered the spicy jalapeño burger. That, combined with the mile-and-a-half walk home, quickly led to labor and the birth of Henry Owen Fry, who turned 10 today. 

The large volume of red meat preceding his birth probably explains Henry’s preference for a juicy steak birthday dinner. He also likes spicy food. 

Everybody was extremely pleased with how Henry’s 10th birthday unfolded. It started, of course, with breakfast in bed. Immediately after chess club, we opened presents and ate cupcakes. Nothing fancy. Small presents. We told Henry he should go downstairs to play the new video game Ruby gave him. Waiting for him at the bottom of the stairs was a new big boy bike. We’d successfully underset expectations and overdelivered. 

Happy birthday, Henry. I’m so glad Kristine ate that burger 10 years ago. 

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Optional Lenten Dispensation 

For those among the Fry Lodge Faithful who do not know, the Catholic tradition requires abstinence from meat on Fridays during Lent. Unless, that is, one lives in the Seattle Archdiocese, which is granting an optional dispensation from this obligation because St. Patrick’s Day lands on a Friday this year. Corned beef and cabbage it is! 

Excerpted from this week’s Sacred Heart Church bulletin 

Modern Family 

As my dad finished saying the blessing at Thanksgiving dinner, he paused just long enough after “This might be our last Thanksgiving…” to create an awkward moment for those of us around the table. Was Carl about to get morbid? Was he making some kind of incredibly sad announcement? There was a collective sigh of relief as he continued, “… in this house.” He was simply referring to the fact that my parents’ house on Lake Coeur d’Alene is for sale. 

Carl Fry, Turkey 

Four generations of Frys gathered at Fry Lodge Lake Coeur d’Alene today to celebrate Thanksgiving. The best part for me was watching Henry and Ruby play with their first cousins’ children, who are their same age. It’s funny to think that my siblings have been grandparents for as long as Kristine and I have been parents. I’m sure it’s funny to them, too. 

Colten, with first cousins once removed, Henry and Ruby 

It was an enjoyable day, full of all the things that make Thanksgiving my favorite holiday: naps, games, movies, the constant smell of turkey, reminiscing about childhood. A few Hi-balls. Thank you, Carl and Kaye, for hosting an amazing gathering. You worked very hard on this (and I’m not just referring to the meal.) I really hope this is not your last Thanksgiving … in this house.

Four generations of Frys 

Home for the Holidays

The Fry Family Quartet spent the entire holiday season in the Pacific Northwest – most of it on Lopez Island. This was a welcome, relaxing shift from previous years, when we found ourselves traveling long distances either right before or right after Christmas. We were lucky to have a great visit from Jim and Mary Kay, who themselves traveled long distances right before and after Christmas. The past two weeks have been full of great memories for everybody: cutting down our Lopez-grown tree, making our own ornaments, Jim’s first crabbing adventure, many amazing meals, seeing Star Wars: The Force Awakens at the Cinerama, quality time with friends, and our hike to the top of Lopez Hill today. 2016 is off to a good start. Can’t wait to see what’s in store for Fry Lodge the rest of the year.

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GBR Christmas, Lopez Style

Last Christmas, we went to Nebraska. This year, Nebraska came to us. Jim and Mary Kay arrived on Lopez from Omaha this week, and Christmas Eve has been a nice tour de Lopez for them so far. Center Church for Christmas Mass, Lopez Coffee Shop for holiday cheer, Jones Family Shellfish Farm for oysters and clams. Horse Drawn Farm for greens. And our Mud Bay back yard for Dungeness crab.

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This was Jim’s first crabbing experience. We’re hopeful for a few keepers on Christmas day.

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We spent the afternoon playing Monopoly while the fire burned, the clams steamed and the crab chilled. Family, fun and food – we could not ask for a better Christmas. Go Big Red, Lopez style.

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